Pangasinan transport group chides LTFRB for leaving them behind in recent fare hike

Pangasinan transport group chides LTFRB for leaving them behind in recent fare hike

 By T. Cabrera

Pangasinan public utility drivers ask for P5 fare hike. (Photo: Bombo Radyo)

MANILA — With the prices of petroleum products, particularly gasoline and diesel being used by the public transport sector, many passenger jeepney drivers and operators are simply cutting their operations because their earnings barely meet the daily expenses they need for maintenance and take-home income.

This is why many public transport groups are begging for the government to respond to their situation and address their hardships by allowing them to increase their fare to as much as P8.00 for the first kilometers of their trip.

In Northern Luzon, the Alliance of United Transport Organization-Pangasinan (AUTO-P) chided the government for leaving them behind in the recent fare hike, prompting them to ask the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to allow them to increase their fare by P5.00 in order for them to continue lending transport service to commuters or else they may be forced to cut or end operations due to hard-to-meet overhead expenditures.

“Nakikipag-ugnayan din kami sa aming national partner sa NCR na kung saan iyong ating request na fare increase na 5 pesos ay across the board na lang buo na ‘yon,” AUTO-P president Bernard Tuliao disclosed.

He added that he has already brought his group’s appeal to the regional office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Pangasinan for their request to have a fare hike, especially since Region 1 was not included in the P1.00 fare increase that was approved recently by the agency.

“Kasi iyong pagtaas ng piso hindi kasama ang Region 1 kaya kami nagtataka po,” Tuliao pointed out.

Kulang pero malaking tulong na rin umano ang dagdag-pasahe para sa Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap).Ayon kay Fejodap president Ricardo Rebaño, umaasa siyang kahit papaano ay magpatuloy sa pamamasada ang mga tsuper na nagbabalak nang tumigil at humanap ng ibang mapagkakakitaan. (ai/mtvn)

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